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Round-up: Sky Bet EFL Matchday 8

16 September 2017

Matchday 8 brought drama, excitement, and its fair share of late goals across the EFL. Here’s the round up…

Wolverhampton Wanderers drew level on points with league leaders Leeds United, thanks to a brace from Diego Jota in a 2-1 triumph at Nottingham Forest. The on-loan Atletico Madrid midfielder won the game for the away side with just nine minutes left on the clock.

Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City also moved to 17 points after earning a dramatic draw against Sheffield Wednesday; Sol Bamba cancelling out Gary Hooper’s strike in injury time.

Leeds remain top, but their unbeaten start to the season came to an end at The Den, where Aiden O'Brien struck from close range to hand Millwall a second victory of 2017/18.

Preston North End scored three times in 11 second-half minutes to defeat Birmingham City at St Andrew's, in what would prove to be Harry Redknapp’s last match in charge of the Blues.

At Portman Road, Ipswich Town recorded a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, while East Anglia rivals Norwich City beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane courtesy of Yanic Wildschut's first-half goal.

Elsewhere, Burton Albion ran out 2-1 winners at home to Fulham, Middlesbrough prevailed in a five-goal thriller against Queens Park Rangers, and there were 1-1 draws in the fixtures at Brentford and Hull City.

Saturday’s late kick-off saw Aston Villa score three times and keep at clean sheet at Barnsley, with Albert Adomah bagging a brace at Oakwell.

Shrewsbury Town opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table; Paul Hurst’s team emerging 2-1 victors from their away encounter at Oldham Athletic.

Both Bradford City and Blackpool picked up wins in respective fixtures against Rotherham United and Oxford United, moving level on points with second-placed Peterborough, who drew 1-1 at Walsall.

Wigan Athletic strolled to a comfortable 3-0 home victory, while Portsmouth put four past Fleetwood Town in a 4-1 win at Fratton Park.

There was no shortage of drama at Stadium MK, where Ryan Seager struck late on to earn Milton Keynes Dons a 3-2 triumph over Rochdale. AFC Wimbledon also earned an impressive three points, with Kwesi Appiah’s 16th-minute finish proving the difference against Blackburn Rovers.

Tom Eaves’ strike, nine minutes into the second period, gave Gillingham a first win of the season, taking them out of the relegation zone and inflicting a 1-0 loss on Karl Robinson’s Charlton Athletic.

There was nothing to separate Bury and Plymouth Argyle, who played out a goalless draw at Gigg Lane, Southend United and Northampton Town also shared the points, before Scunthorpe United won 1-0 at Doncaster Rovers in a Sunday afternoon meeting.

Exeter City scored three times without reply, defeating Crewe Alexandra at St James Park to remain at the summit of the table.

Kevin Nolan's Notts County side kept within three points of the Grecians however, with a narrow 1-0 away win at Crawley Town. It’s as you were in the top three, due to Accrington Stanley also victorious on the road. They beat Chesterfield 2-1, ending Gary Caldwell's reign with the Spireites.

The Scotsman wasn't the only manager relieved of his duties on Matchday 8, with Port Vale's Michael Brown sacked following the Valiants' home draw with Forest Green Rovers.

There were dramatic scenes at Adams Park, where Luton Town scored twice in second-half stoppage time to turn things around and beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-1, and that scoreline also provided Cambridge United, Grimsby Town and Morecambe with three points.

In Saturday’s early kick-off, Mansfield Town saw off Lincoln City 1-0 at Sincil Bank, with Danny Rose scoring what proved to be the crucial goal, just three minutes after coming on as a substitute.

A first-half brace from Kevin Dawson set Cheltenham Town on their way to a 3-1 victory against Colchester United at Whaddon Road, Swindon Town defeated Stevenage 3-2, and Carlisle United played out a 1-1 draw with Barnet.

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